Letters Causes of avoidable harm

Widen the perspective

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c5323 (Published 29 September 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5323
  1. Michael G Bamber, general practitioner1
  1. 1Colsterworth Medical Practice, Grantham NG33 5NJ, UK
  1. mgbamber{at}nhs.net

    Caldwell’s points about the causes of avoidable harm to patients could be expanded and enhanced by a view from general practice.1 The pressure that Caldwell describes “to get patients out of hospital” results in them being deposited at home at no notice or short notice, occasionally to an empty house. One of my …

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